Trial Duration : 2 Days
Day 1: Air conditioned room, tropical
Day 2: Non – AC room, tropical, humid
Current Skin Condition: Combination, with small dry patches in the chin
For the non-makeup review of this product, you may click here. This will show you how I used this sunscreen as it is, without makeup.
For the 2 days trials I took for this product, I always use a gentle cleanser (Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash), basic moisturizer (Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer) and a small amount of eye cream (QuickFx Eye Lift Cream) beforehand. There are no known strong ingredients on these items. Once the moisturizer and eye cream have settled (after 10 minutes), that’s the time I started using this product.
For this, I was able to put around 1/2 teaspoon of this sunscreen to my face. After it settled for like 10 minutes, I started putting my liquid foundation (L’Oréal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation) and concealer (Maybelline Instant Age Rewind) on top of it.
*** it doesn’t look like 1/2 teaspoon in the image as I added more after I blended it.
What I noticed about this base product is that it is not sticky. Hence, it did not require me to add more foundation which is just a pump usually. For some reason, I even had a small excess that I managed to put on my neck. The reason for it is because the finish of this items is very velvety (like I mentioned this is post). The finish is close to a rose petal which is very smooth and very soft – making it easy for makeup to cover my face thinly.
I personally enjoyed applying my foundation with either a brush or fingers when I tested this sunscreen. Both of which makes the application even so easily. I just think that I managed to save a small part of my foundation when I’m using a brush as I tend to have more control on it.
I felt really nice wearing this beneath my foundation. It has a hold to my makeup at the same time it felt very light and smooth to touch. To be honest, I did not feel any stickiness or too much shine hence I tried to skip putting light powder on it. However, to make it standard with the other review I had, I still did use Clean & Clear Essentials Face Powder (small taps). Regardless, the final output is very clean and light.
Another thing that I like about this product is that it did hide my pores. During the time it was starting to degrade (around 8 hours), it did not push the makeup to my pores or lines. I hardly see my makeup compounding on my pores and noes. Instead, it only disappeared slowly.
During the stress test, I noticed that regardless of my environment (room temperature, humid or air-conditioned room), both acted almost the same way. Though being in cooler environment makes it last longer. This sunscreen managed to hold my makeup longer by helping my face not to produce too much oil. However, for the record, this is not the best primer for this criteria. There are still better primers and sunscreen that can hold my makeup longer and control oil at the same time.
So you might be asking why I like this one then? The answer for that is simple. From the previous test with the other sunscreens and primers I had, this is very light and did not break me out. It still lives to its claim that it does control oil and be use to hold makeup. Also, because I can use the same amount of this sunscreen as my regular go-to sun protection (and considering that it has high protection against UVA and UVB), I’m confident enough that I can use this as my only sunscreen for that day.
Take note that there is no claim in the packaging that it is waterproof or sweat resistant. I personally do not reapply on regular (non-vigorous) days. However, if you will be sweating, reapplication is highly recommended to prevent sun damage.
Lastly, (though there is no direct claim for this) this product did not hold my dry patches together. I wouldn’t expect it from a regular sunscreen, but I do think that it should as a primer. But then again, I’m not seeing any claim for dry skin issues. So, I can’t hold this against this product.
- It is true that it controls oil and hold makeup longer however it is not the best primer in the market for that criteria
- You can adequately protect your skin from the sun using only this (amount should be 1/2 to 1/3 teaspoon at least for the face).
- No claims for being sweat resistant
- Not the best product if you’re trying to hide your dry patches